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random vegan poem test

Enlightened Taste, by Mario A. Pita
If violence were tasted when meat is eaten
—Of helpless and innocent creatures beaten—
Then many might shun the bitter flavor
And do themselves and others a favor.

If eaters of meat could taste the aches
Endured by cows for sake of steaks,
Perhaps they’d see the gross mistake:
Their lives are not ours to take.

But taste buds, like tree buds, need to open
For sensing a doomed beast’s emotions,
Of fear and anguish, a lot like ours
Whose terror and sorrow too are sour.

If taste buds could taste an animal’s pain
Then people, from eating them, might refrain.